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Delivering insulation to protect Syrian refugees against the winter in Iraq | by DFID - UK Department for International Development
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Delivering insulation to protect Syrian refugees against the winter in Iraq

Insulation material is delivered to Syrian refugees in a camp in northern Iraq by UNHCR, thanks to funding from the UK.


As cold winter weather approached, thousands of displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees have received additional aid including stoves, kerosene, and insulation packaging, to help them through the winter months to come.


The Department for International Development (DFID) is leading the UK’s humanitarian response to the crisis created by ISIL in Iraq and Syria. Through UNHCR and other partners, we are getting life-saving aid to people in need across Iraq.


In the summer of 2014 we responded to the rapidly growing number of Iraqis fleeing their homes by allocating £23 million in emergency humanitarian assistance. These funds are continuing to provide food, shelter, water, sanitation and medical care, to thousands of vulnerable displaced families across Iraq.


In December 2014, as winter approached and temperatures dropped below zero, we continued our support with an extra £16.5 million to provide essential winter aid to tens of thousands of families.


This includes delivering blankets, heating stoves and other essential winter supplies to 14,000 vulnerable displaced families; helping 16,000 families buy warm winter clothing; ensuring 4,500 families are sheltered from winter conditions and providing emergency health support and increased access to safe water for thousands of vulnerable people.


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Picture: Andrew McConnell/Panos for DFID

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Taken on December 15, 2014